Refugees speaking out while volunteers take stronger root in camps.

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SYRIA

ISIS is attempting to regain control of territory through terror as it releases the previously-unseen video showing the execution of five citizen journalists.

The journalists were kidnapped from the city of Deir Ezzor in October, and the executions happened in November and December.

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Photos from Khaled al-Issa’s memorial. Photos via @arabthmoness

IRAQ

Fallujah wrested from ISIS control as the Iraqi Army takes full control of the city.

Officially ISIS-free as of Sunday afternoon, Fallujah had been a stronghold of the so-called Islamic State for over two years. According to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the next target for liberation is Mosul, which has also been occupied by ISIS for a period of around two years and has long been considered the heart of ISIS territory.

GREECE

Refugees protest camp in Vasilika.

Holding signs reinforcing their desire for peace and human treatment, dozens of refugees housed at Vasilika camp in Greece spoke out.

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Photo Credit: Franken Konvoi

Volunteer opportunities blossom for those with diverse ranges of skill sets

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Photo Credit: Open Cultural Center
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Workshops on Samos. Photo Credit “Samos Volunteers.”

This includes three pregnant women, considered vulnerable according to the UNHCR.

GENERAL

The plight of pregnant refugee women was recently given broader coverage.

A piece by Huffington Post’s partner blog The World Post, points out that one out of ten refugees is a pregnant woman. The situation of forced migration and conflict account contribute to a high rate of preventable maternal mortality, with “sixty percent of preventable maternal deaths and 53 percent of under-five fatalities take place in countries affected by, or prone to, conflict, forced displacement or natural disaster.”

SERBIA

Twenty-nine refugees involved in crash.

According to BalkanNewsbeat, a driver who had crashed in Serbia’s Sićevo Gorge on the highway form Bulgaria fled the scene of the accident, hoping to avoid prosecution for trafficking/smuggling. According to local news sources, the truck was carrying 29 asylum seekers. Some injuries were reported, but no fatalities.

AUSTRIA

Possible new action on the mysterious Austrian “Pushbacks” that occurred in spring.

Border crossings Spielfeld reports:

FRANCE

Volunteer action to put digital devices in the hands of refugees as the new WiFi hotspots in Calais promote better information sharing and security.

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“In Paris, refugees are scattered mainly in the North of the city and “refugees camps” are usually a bunch of tents set up somewhere.” — Carol Moreno

Read Brazilian Journalist Carol Moreno’s report of reaching out to refugees in Paris, here:

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